Achilles in Greek Tragedy
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Achilles in Greek Tragedy by Pantelis Michelakis
Book DescriptionThis study examines how one of the most popular and glamorous figures of Greek mythology was imagined on the tragic stage of fifth-century Athens. Dr Michelakis argues that dramatists persistently appropriated Achilles to address concerns of their time, from heroism and education to individualism and gender. Whether an aristocrat, a dead warrior or a young man, the tragic Achilles serves as a receptacle for competing definitions of heroism, oscillating between presence and absence, the exceptional and the paradigmatic. Tragedy draws on Achilles to display and pit against one another contrasting views of the mythological self and of its rights and obligations, powers and limitations. The book considers the whole corpus of extant Greek tragedy, with particular attention paid to Aeschylus' Myrmidons and Euripides' Hecuba and Iphigenia at Aulis.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521818438
(216mm x 138mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 26-Sep-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Pantelis Michelakis
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Achilles in Greek Tragedy, Paperback (August 2007)
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Euripides, Paperback (March 2006)» View all books by Pantelis Michelakis
"Iphigenia at Aulis" is one of Euripides' most intriguing and challenging plays. This title provides a summary of the plot, discusses the characters and main themes of the play, examines its mythological background, and explores the cultural, political, institutional, and theatrical contexts within which it was originally composed and performed.
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Author Biography - Pantelis Michelakis
Pantelis Michelakis is a Junior Research Fellow at Wolfson College, Oxford and Research Fellow at the Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama at the University of Oxford.
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